Did you get your cell phone wet? Here are some tips..

Enjoying the summer sun by the lake or pool?  Don't forget to keep your cell phone in a dry place.

Many families head to the lake, ocean or neighborhood pool to enjoy the summer sun with sunscreen, towels, and, of course, the cellphone.Water provides a refreshing relief from the summer heat, but what if your phone accidentally jumps in with you? Your cellphone can help manage your life, so you want to keep it safe and dry.

“Whether you're the organizer of your group, planning a fun night out or trying to round up your kids for a swim at the pool, U.S. Cellular has a phone that can help make life easier and make the most of your summer fun,” said Mike Adams, director of sales for U.S. Cellular in Nebraska and southwest Iowa.  If your phone happens to get water damage, there are some things you can do to help revive it.

Step 1 – If your phone doesn't turn off when it gets wet, power it down immediately. Once the power is off, remove the battery.
Step 2 – Remove any skins, covers or faceplates. Grab a towel and remove as much excess water from the phone as you can. If you have a flip phone, you should open it up, so air can reach the keypad.
Step 3 – The best thing to do is to leave the phone powered off for a few days to give the internal circuitry a chance to dry out. During this time, turn it over several times, so that any water trapped inside can make it to the surface.
Step 4 – It is very tempting to try and speed up the drying process with items, such as hairdryers, microwaves, space heaters and ovens. However, the intensity of the heat may cause further damage to the phone's internal circuitry. Placing it by a fan is a much better alternative to help the phone dry out.
Step 5 – Once you replace the battery, push the ON button. If the phone turns on, you can breathe a sigh of relief, though it may only be temporary. Moisture damage signs may take time, and symptoms might appear several weeks or months later. Check your keypad, as keys that stick or don't work all the time are signs of permanent damage.
Step 6 – Remember that your wireless service provider's technicians might be able to help.

If you are around water a lot in the summer, it's a good idea to purchase a waterproof bag or pouch to store your cellphone. Another option is putting your phone in a Ziploc bag and then inside a Tupperware container. It's a low-cost way to protect your phone.